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About

TUVALU

ORIGINS AND CULTURE

This page features background pertaining to our Tuvaluan people; in particular our origins which dates back about 5000 years, our history, culture including the unique fatele (dancing), customs and lifestyle.

For more information on Tuvaluan Origins and Culture, please click on the links below for Singing And Dancing, Origins, The Traditional Social Structure and The Cycle Of Life.

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SINGING AND DANCING

ORIGINS

THE TRADITIONAL SOCIAL STRUCTURE

THE CYCLE OF LIFE

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BIRTH

MARRIAGE

DEATH

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TUVALU, MY TUVALU

Tuvalu, my Tuvalu the land across the sea
Surrounded by the Ocean, you mean so much to me
I miss these coral atolls with gentle swaying palms
With smiling gentle people, so peaceful and so calm.

Tuvalu, my Tuvalu I always think of you
Wherever I may travel across the sea so blue
And deep inside me I know that it will be
Tuvalu, my Tuvalu you always think of me.

Your sons and daughters travel away to distant lands
They leave their homes and families so that they will understand
To study truth and knowledge in sadness and in pain, and then
Tuvalu, my Tuvalu you welcome them home again.

Tuvalu, my Tuvalu may God’s blessings be on you
To give you strength and courage to see the future through
And may our blessed people hold their heads up high
Tuvalu, my Tuvalu I will love you till I die.

                                               Jane Resture

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Jane Resture
(E-mail: jane@janeresture.com - Rev. 16th November 2008)